Griffith College's Top Tips for State Examination Success
Griffith College's School's Liaison Officer Sinéad O'Callaghan offers Leaving Cert students some advice on how to overcome exam-related stress!
1. Read the question carefully
Due to excitement and enthusiasm, students can launch into an answer when they see a word they recognise, often without reading the whole question. Read the full question first and understand what you are being asked. Don’t rush in.
2. Manage your time
It's important to be aware of your time constraints. How much time do you have per exam? There are questions on the paper that are worth more marks than others. Give these answers more of your time, instead of a question that is worth fewer marks.
3. Attempt everything
Writing an answer and taking a guess is so much better than leaving a blank space. In the case of long questions; write down everything that you can remember about the topic in the question. You might want to ask for a spare piece of paper to jot down ideas.
4. Have stationery and water at your desk
Remember to have a collection of working pens on your desk. It sounds like the most obvious thing, but with all the excitement, some students forget about this. Have a bottle of water on your desk to keep yourself hydrated throughout the examinations.
5. Sleep is important
You need energy from sleep and a good diet to allow you to be ready to perform in the examinations. Don’t stay up all night cramming, study for 2-3 hours the night before and then get a good night’s sleep.
6. Once it’s done, it’s done
Don’t dwell on it. Once you have finished an exam, move on and start preparing for the next one.
Would you like Sinéad to speak with your school about Griffith College? Contact her at 087 100 4564.